News That Will Drive You to Drink

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Jeff Sessions Dance Party

It began with a tweet:

…which lead me to the Alliance Defending Freedom Facebook which tells us that there are no upcoming events, but after a simple Google search I find on

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to speak Tuesday before a religious freedom group that is supporting a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the case, which will decide whether businesses can refuse to provide services that go against their religious beliefs.

Sessions is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. CST Tuesday at the Alliance for Defending Freedom’s Summit on Religious Liberty in California.

The group is supporting Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who opened Masterpiece Cakeshop in 1993. Phillips refused to design a cake for a gay Colorado couple in 2012, telling them he would not provide cakes for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Phillips said he could not design the cake because of his religious beliefs and instead offered to sell the couple a pre-made cake.

Sessions’ speech is closed to the press.

And so a quick check at SPLC I learn that the ADF:

Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage, and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally. Despite its regular defamation of LGBT people, the group has managed to win special advisory status at the United Nations, in the European Union, and with the Organization of American States.

I’m not really up on how this works, but I think that the Solicitor General represents We the People, and a private attorney represents the baker. So if the SG’s boss is Jefferson Beauregard ‘Stonewall’ Sessions –the head of the Justice Department–and he’s giving a special appearance to the bigots who are representing the baker, this seems like a big, freaking, conflict.  And the AG is concerned enough about it that he’s keeping this appearance on the down-low is a tell as the gamblers say.

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6 Responses to News That Will Drive You to Drink

  1. This made it all the way up to SCOTUS? There’s been some similar cases here. Odd that Sessions is speaking on it.

    On one hand, I get that it’s not fair to be denied a cake because of your sexual orientation, but I don’t think I’d want a cake from a bigot anyway. I’d just take my money elsewhere and leave a few suggestive Yelp reviews. There are many douchebags and too little time to school them all.


    • tengrain says:

      It’s different over here than in the UK, SS. In order to get a business license you have to promise to treat all your customers equally as part of our non-discrimination legislation (in most, if not all municipalities); if this passes, the moment will come when Xristians will not be able to buy bagels.

      US History is loaded with religious intolerance. As soon as the Puritans arrived, they started outlawing other sects. It’s why Catholics ended up in Maryland, and Baptists down south, and sweet Jeebus, no one liked the Quakers! Give them a chance and the whole lot of them will immediately repeat that history and start claiming that their Southern Baptist religious sensibilities forbids them to sell to the other Baptists.



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      • Ahh, I’ll have to read up on it! Thanks.

        In the case here (in Northern Ireland no less), the bakers were found to have violated the law. It should be as straightforward as that in ALL cases but…That would be too easy. Le sigh.


      • Oops! Pennsylvania is “The Quaker State”, founded by William Penn expressly on religious tolerance, but purposely for the Quakers.

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      • tengrain says:

        True… because everyone hated them.

        I’m a descendent of Mary Dyer who was hung in Boston Common for being a Quaker (and being annoying). They tried kicking her out of the state several times and she kept coming back.




  2. A.J. says:

    So, lemmee understand this. A group calling itself the Alliance Defending Freedom, just held a meeting – and banned the press. The only profession deliberately and specifically mentioned in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution – banned? By the Alliance Defending Freedom

    I think they need a new name.

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